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VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday baptised a former Muslim among seven converts to Roman Catholicism during an Easter vigil mass at St Peter's Basilica.
Magdi Allam, a 55-year-old Italian journalist of Egyptian origin, is an editorial writer and deputy publisher of the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
He was long described as a moderate Muslim before he decided to convert to Catholicism.
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An Egyptian-born, non-practicing Muslim who is married to a Catholic, Allam often writes on Muslim and Arab affairs and has infuriated some Muslims with his criticism of extremism and support for the Jewish state.
The deputy editor of the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Allam, 55, told the Il Giornale newspaper in a December interview that his criticism of Palestinian suicide bombing generated threats on his life in 2003, prompting the Italian government to provide him with a sizable security detail.
Originally posted by infinite
He has a right to convert, but extremist won't see it that way. Many Muslims convert to Christianity and I have to question why the Pope has decided to do this during the Easter Vigil.
The four major Sunni and the one major Shia Madh'hab (schools of Islamic jurisprudence) agree that a sane adult male apostate must be executed.[1
Originally posted by RRconservative
This is a great Easter story! And what makes it better is that the Pope didn't threaten to cut his head off if he didn't convert.
[edit on 22-3-2008 by RRconservative]
Originally posted by infinite
I have to question why the Pope has decided to do this during the Easter Vigil.
Originally posted by oLDWoRLDDiSoRDeR
Why mention he's a Muslim ?
Originally posted by kosmicjack
has this type of thing been done before by Pope's at this time of year -
An outspoken Muslim author and critic of Islamic fundamentalism who converted to Christianity at the hands of Pope Benedict said on Sunday he realized he was in greater danger but he has no regrets.
"I realize what I am going up against but I will confront my fate with my head high, with my back straight and the interior strength of one who is certain about his faith," said Magdi Allam.
Allam, the author of numerous books, said he realized that his conversion would likely procure him "another death sentence for apostasy," or the abandoning of one's faith.
Pope Benedict called in his Easter message on Sunday for an end to injustice, hatred and violence around the world, including in Tibet, Iraq and Darfur.
The pope, who turns 81 next month, celebrated an Easter Mass for tens of thousands of people in driving rain in St Peter's Square as Christians around the world commemorated Christ's resurrection.